So what happened?
Over the last three years Consumer Reports listed Ford and GM as closing the gap, if not pulling even with their Asian rivals. But a slew of new models, packed with the latest technology has resulted in America's two largest automakers stumbling. First year models are always plagued with issues, and that's what happened with Ford and GM.
Meanwhile, the Asian automakers maintained their pace while Toyota benefited from recommitting itself to higher quality standards after the recalls of 2009 and early 2010.
So what does this survey of 1.3 million people tell us about the Big 3 building quality cars and trucks? Overall, they are still strong. We're not seeing a repeat of the late 90's where a lot of what rolled out of domestic auto plants was plagued with problems and light years behind the competition.
No, Detroit has learned from those days. But, improving reliability, especially on brand new models is tough. My guess is the Big 3 scores will improve next year as they work out the kinks from launching all these models.
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